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Excellent 5/5 Score from 35 reviews

Galwiji Farm Homestead

Certificate of Excellence 2014

from £50 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Excellent 5/5 Score from 35 reviews

Excellent 5/5 

from £50 /night help Price for guests, Nights

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Farmhouse / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 12

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Farmhouse / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

In our family for 4 generations, the homestead on our property Galwiji (made up by combining the names of 4 brothers Gordon, Alan, William and Jim) will give you a delightful taste of Australian rural life.

It's spacious (25 squares) - there are beds for 12 and even a lawn for camping if your group's a bit bigger and you want to rough it a bit :) It's also very comfortable for small groups or even just a couple on a romantic getaway.

8 minutes' drive to shops, 18 minutes' to Sovereign Hill, 22 minutes' to the centre of Ballarat, 1 hour to Geelong and Avalon Airport and 75 minutes to Melbourne Airport (Google Maps says 1 hour 40, but we know a back way :)

There's ample parking. Internet is available for a small charge, but mobile phone reception is excellent (due to the proximity of Mount Buninyong) and the sims on our iPads work well. 3G Reception is clear on the Telstra and Optus' networks and improving all the time on Vodafone.

Mostly, we just love Galwiji for the peace. A gentle breeze, broken only by the occasional baa-ing of sheep and the twittering of birds. The farm is home to various animals from time to time, and if they're about, you may be able to go and greet them (they've had plenty of human contact).

The range of bird life is extraordinary and the many different calls are worth sitting quietly for a while to hear. We had an ornithologist visit, and he was able to catalogue 40 species!

If you want to break the solace, there's an old piano, a nylon-string guitar and a trumpet!

There are many kids' (and adults') board games, table soccer and table tennis indoors, while outdoor treats include a large oak tree with seats underneath (in the middle of the sprawling garden), an outdoor quiz, yabby (freshwater crayfish) fishing and tree farm, not to mention endless open spaces to run around in.

The house consists of 1 master bedroom with ensuite (with an additional double sofa bed), 2 other queen bedrooms, another bedroom with 3 single beds, another bedroom with bunks (two single beds, one above the other), all the normal amenity rooms (t.v. / lounge/ dining area / kitchen and laundry), 2 additional bathrooms, (one newly accessibly refurbished with shower, basin and toilet in the one room and the other with an enormous bath) and lastly a very large family room with sofa bed sleeping for 3 (1 x single and 1 x queen), table tennis / table soccer / lounges / chairs and a large open fireplace.

As far as amenities are concerned, Galwiji is fully self-contained, and then some. It has a full kitchen with a dishwasher, toaster, kettle, large microwave oven, large fridge, urn, rice cooker, large flat grill, sandwich maker, electric mixer and coffee machine. Our Weber Kettle BBQ and 4 burner gas barbecue on our brand new extended deck provide an opportunity to grill outdoors if you desire.

There's a large flat screen TV with DVD player, radio, as well as important appliances such as a front-loading washing machine, an ironing board and a hair dryer in each of the 3 bathrooms. The games room has a second smaller wall-mounted flat screen TV with DVD player.

For a really special evening, a telescope is available, because the stars at Galwiji are a - may - zing!

It's quite an environmentally-friendly property too. Apart from the 200+ acre tree farm (we're growing Sugar Gums), most of our electricity is provided by solar panels and all of our water comes from the sky. With that in mind, we provide you with a large external clothesline, and some freestanding drying racks. Unless it's mid-winter, it does also limit your ability to do water-intensive activities, but if you'd like to bring a blow-up pool or similar, it may be possible to fill it from the nearby dam, so please ask!

Your hosts, Malcolm & Rosemary, Malcolm's brother Angus and their parents, Ann & Bill, are seasoned travellers. Ann and Malcolm are fluent in German and French and Angus dabbles in German.

The property is non-smoking (fire danger). Sorry, no pets.

Apologies for the high cleaning fee. When you see the size of the house, you'll understand why - it's about a 4 hour job!

If your stay is longer than one night, included in your tariff is linen for the master (queen) bed, but if your party is larger you can either bring your own linen for the extra guests or alternatively, at a cost of $15/bed, we are more than happy to provide it. For one night stays, there is no 'free' linen :P

P.S. The site is handicap accessible (the house and grounds are fairly flat, with 'made' pathways and we have a designated accessible bathroom). We've had several groups of wheelchair-bound guests enjoy the facilities.

P.P.S. For the full terms and conditions of a stay, look up the terms and conditions tab on our website (which you can find by putting our property name into any search engine)

P.P.P.S. We've just recorded a 2 minute video tour of Galwiji. Look us up on you tube :)

Size Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 13 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Melbourne Tullamarine 80 km, Nearest railway: Ballarat 22 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Games room
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (3), Single beds (6), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

About this location

The Victoria region

Ballarat's 2 biggest tourist attractions are Sovereign Hill (sovereignhill.com.au 18 minutes' drive) and Kryal Castle (kryalcastle.com.au 25 minutes' drive).

Ballarat

Melbourne is Australia's 2nd largest city and will soon overtake Sydney in size. It combines a peaceful multicultural vibe with the best sporting and cultural events. It's also the home of the greatest sport in the world, Australian Rules Football (afl.com.au). The season runs from April - September and the biggest ground (the Melbourne Cricket Ground mcc.org.au) which seats 101,000 hosts weekly games. Email us if you'd like tickets into the member's stand. We are usually also able to get tickets for the Boxing Day Cricket Test.

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1 Apr 2015

5/5

"Fantastic facilities Has everything you need for a home away from home"

Very cosy with Coonara heater going at night and still able to get going in the morning owner provides plenty of firewood Lovely walk in the forest Morning visit by kangaroos Very comfortable for ei… More

Ann, it was a pleasure to have you and your lawn bowls team stay. We're so glad you were able to find the time to explore the surrounds of the homestead too.

Thanks for leaving the house just as you found it :)

Kind regards.

Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

23 Mar 2015

5/5

"Comfortable, all you could want in a peaceful setting"

Comfortable beds, loads of space, everything you could think of was provided.Very welcoming and friendly.Would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to spend some time in the peaceful countryside… More

An absolute pleasure to have you and Frank and your friends to stay Judith. Thanks for such a kind review. Hopefully we will be able to organise for a bit of a sing-along with my wife next time you stay! :)

Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

13 Mar 2015

4/5

"Serenity"

We were met by the Owners who were very lovely, chatty and accommodating. We all enjoyed the serenity and remoteness of the place and even the thunderstorm that sprung up and was threatened to blow u… More

Dear Tracey, it was a pleasure to have you and your extended family to stay for the Christening in Bannockburn. Even though I'd love to control the weather, I haven't worked out how yet :) But I'm really glad that you did your best to enjoy the storm, because they are often spectacular to watch over the farm.

I hope we can welcome you again (on a nice fine weekend :) soon.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

10 Mar 2015

5/5

"A peaceful spacious country home with sheep."

Excellent service accommodating our particular needs. Malcolm was very helpful. The home had everything we needed with lots of space for the family. Loved the space to roam, gardens, dams, trees and e… More

Kathy, it was nothing but a pleasure to have you and your family stay at Galwiji while you waited for your house to settle. Thanks for being a wonderful and thoughtful guest.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

22 Feb 2015

5/5

"Wonderful spacious home"

A delightful place to stay with family and friends. Plenty of space to relax and unwind and a great spot where the kids can run and stretch their legs. Everything needed is catered for. … More

It was our pleasure to have you to stay. It brings me great joy to hear that we were able to meet your needs during that time. Hopefully we can have you back soon! Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

25 Jan 2015

4/5

"Country Living"

A huge home on a very huge property just perfect for our very huge group. we had enough of space for both kids and adults. Kitchen very well stocked with all kinds of utensils for that very keen cook.… More

It was a pleasure to have you and your family and friends to stay for a week over January Amarjit. We hope you can come and join us again next summer holidays!

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

7 Nov 2014

5/5

"A relaxing family getaway."

Galwiji Homestead is a remarkable location to relax, enjoy the Australian bush. The birds are lovely to hear and you may even find a kangaroo or koala or two.This idyllic location is definitely a plac… More

Chris and Beck, you are our kind of people. I trust that the relaxing break you had at Galwiji Homestead was a welcome respite from the very demanding work that you do. Go well you guys.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

6 Nov 2014

4/5

"Perfect weekend get away for all"

I attended the homestead with a group of clients with ASD. They all had a wonderful time and it was large enough for them to all have their own space. There was plenty of things to do at the homestead… More

It was a pleasure to have you and your ASD clients Hayley. We hope we can welcome you back soon to Galwiji Homestead.

Regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

3 Nov 2014

5/5

"Best place to stay with a large family!"

We all enjoyed our stay at Galwiji immensely! The house is huge, plenty of space to accommodate everyone. Comfy beds, games room is fantastic, open fires kept the place toasty warm! We loved the walks… More

Daniel, it was a pleasure to have you and your family stay. Galwiji Homestead is all about family, and you are our kind of people :) My only disappointment is that Marion couldn't make it. I hope we can welcome her down here at some point in the near future.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

20 Oct 2014

4/5

"Great for 3 families to stay together in the one home"

Kids had a fantastic time in the games room , play equipment and in the open paddocks.The adults loved the deck area to watch the children playing and retreated to the open fire pit after they had gon… More

It was a pleasure to have you and your family and friends to stay Lauren. Thanks for your kind review. We look forward very much to having you to stay again.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

Review 1-10 of 35

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      • French
      • German

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